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Fashion Scout » Brook&Lyn’s West Coast Wares

December 11, 2012

Brook&Lyn Large Medallion NecklaceBrook&Lyn x Juju Made Scalloped Ceramic Ponytail Barrette
Brook&Lyn Doublestrand Ink Lavender BraceletBrook&Lyn Tumble Nude Lemon

Basic shapes, suspended at precise length
demonstrate Brook&Lyn’s mastery of both
restraint and proportion.

Ever since we laid eyes on Brook&Lyn’s bewitching “Deflected” collection, we were taken by the brand’s unexpected and original approach to jewelry design. Combining natural materials with bold shapes, their work gracefully walks the line between delicate and strong, such that we see our own femininity reflected in its construct.

Their latest “Medaled” collection, for instance, places a large plated brass circular pendant on black or natural cord. Available in a few iterations – gold yellow or rhodium plated, featuring a trio of pendants or as a bracelet – the design is marked by its dramatic simplicity, consistent with their portfolio. Basic shapes, suspended at precise length from the neck or each other, demonstrate Brook&Lyn’s mastery of both restraint and proportion. Less is indeed more… except when it comes to the number of their pieces we own!

Though established in NYC, Brook&Lyn has always conjured the expansive quality and earthen palette of the west coast. Fitting, then, that the wife and husband proprietors have recently decamped for LA. To celebrate their new city, the duo have collaborated with a series of native artisans to produce Los Angeles inspired wares, from beautiful, unfussy ceramic ponytail barrettes by JuJuMade to richly detailed wood print silk scarves by Jayne Min, the blogger behind Stop It Right Now. The brand is hitting a creative highpoint, and we look forward to their continued success in Cali.

Beatbox » Zebulon Chalks It Up

December 11, 2012

quirky plays on words, killer hand-lettering,
and a raw, cave-painting depiction of mankind

This past Sunday was a bittersweet coming together as our neighborhood celebrated ten years of Zebulon with one final night of music and friends. As I looked around the room at the early crowd – kids scampering about on the stage up front and their parents hanging back by the bar – I got to thinking: what would all of us have done without this place? Over the past decade it has served as a community hub for many of us: we watched World Cups and elections here: screaming and celebrating, we met our soul mates here (I met mine) and celebrated weddings (including my own), bid farewell to friends, welcomed new ones, chimed in new lives (including little Henri’s)…

Of all the great things Zebulon gave us, one of my favorites were Guillaume’s daily posters, done in chalk on the vertical board by the outer door, visualizing the music that was to come that night. These daily sketches used quirky plays on words, killer hand-lettering, and a raw, cave-painting depiction of mankind. Fortunately, the images were carefully photographed and collected for us to admire on their Facebook page. I’ve compiled some of my favorites from the past years here. All the best to Guillaume & Jef’s next adventures: thank you for welcoming so many of us into your world.

Day of Thanks. (and mother’s cooking…)

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Lo's List!

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
— Aesop

Whether you’re watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, loyally focused on the football game, or gabbing and noshing with friends and family, we here at Lo’s List are wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving. This year, Lo and little Henri will be enjoying Grandma Martin’s unparalleled Turkey Day spread and Henri, who is normally limited to the healthiest of foodstuffs, is allowed to try every single sumptuous dish at the table tomorrow. It’s going to be a doozy. See you all at the gym on Friday!

i ♥ art » Sagebrush Gulch

November 21, 2012

Sam Trioli Sagebrush Gulch
Sam Trioli Sagebrush GulchSam Trioli Sagebrush GulchSam Trioli Sagebrush Gulch

I stumbled upon Brooklyn artist Sam Trioli while scouting the interwebs last week and subsequently fell in love with his entire body of work. These vibrant pieces from his Sagebrush Gulch exhibit definitely struck a chord: perhaps in part for the nostalgic tangent that it led me on as I pulled out my Color-Aid paper and had a little impromptu art-school cut and paste sesh. Sagebrush Gulch was on display in Miami last spring as part of site95’s exhibition series and includes a few dozen paperworks as well as a large-scale outdoor mural and sculpture. Be sure to check out Sam’s portfolio here, and, if you’re in the Boston area you can view his latest series, Brumaire, at Howard Yezerski Gallery up until December 22nd. Definitely an artist to watch!

Exclusive Q&A » DEERDANA

October 23, 2012

DEERDANA Pablo TeeDEERDANA Kanye Tee
DEERDANA Yves TeeDEERDANA Harry Tee
Clockwise from top left: DEERDANA Pablo, Kanye, Harry, and Yves tees

DEERDANA’s minimalist portrait tees have been on our fashion radar for some time.  But when Jay-Z broke out their Basquiat for his now-famous subway ride to Brooklyn a couple weeks ago, we knew the NYC brand had hit the tipping point. Featuring a mötley crüe of iconic characters hand-scrawled onto classic white cotton tees, DEERDANA takes a wardrobe staple and gives it the tastemaker treatment. They also have their finger firmly on the pulse. From Rick Ross to Frida Kahlo to Maggie Smith’s Countess on “Downton Abbey,” their subjects transcend pop- and sub-cultures, and can best be qualified as, quite simply, cool.

We caught up with founders Dana Veraldi and Kevin Tekinel to learn a little more about the line, including what their actual criteria is when emblazoning those tees:

What’s the criteria for showing up on a DEERDANA limited edition tee?

Sometimes we think about the selection as people we’d like to have dinner with. Martin Scorcese, Frida, Basquiat, Bieber singing…can you imagine a better dinner party?

RSVP us please! So who creates the images?
Where do the visuals come from?

I draw them with Kevin – we work together. We source from a number of different places. Some are more well known images, like the drawing of John Ford which from a Richard Avedon photograph.

Are most of your tees commissioned via collaborations (ie the kickass new Opening Ceremony line) or of your own choice?

None of our shirts are really “commissioned.” All of the shirts we do with outside people are true collaborations. From OC to Sean Sullivan to Miguel we go through a process of talking about ideas, going through images to draw from and then a number of drafts that we both are happy with. Most of our tees are our own line, but we love our collaborations!

Do you have to get the subjects’ approval or do you just go for it?

We go for it! Everyone has been very supportive, they should be flattering to the subject. We try to get them to the subject if possible.

Can you give us a heads up on a few portrait subjects we’ll be seeing soon?

New faces include Choupette Lagerfeld (Ed: Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved cat with 21,000 Twitter followers and counting), David Lynch, Hitchcock and Raf Simons.

Can’t wait! The line is so fresh and your cast of characters delight and inspire. All the best DEERDANA!

Fashion Scout » Kicks for Tough (c)Hicks

October 22, 2012

Mrs P. Hicks Mushroom Canoe Boot
Mrs P. Hicks Orange & Blue Inside Out Leather Camp MocMrs P. Hicks Maine Canary Chukka
Mrs P. Hicks Maine Chukka Original
Clockwise from top: Mrs P. Hicks Mushroom Canoe Boot, Maine Canary Chukka, Maine Chukka Original, and Orange & Blue Inside Out Leather Camp Moc

For all of us tough chicks who think that wearing heels is just foolish and keeps you from getting to where you need to go, this brand is for you. A little outdoorsy, a bit seaside, and a lot classy in that tomboy sort of way, Kat McMillan’s line of women’s shoes, named Mrs P. Hicks, are sumptuous for-her renditions of those leather Chukkas and Canoe boots that you have been coveting in your hubby’s closet.

Found @ Etsy » Fall for Autumnal Vintage

October 18, 2012

Bright Wall Vintage Ceramic Mug Trio
Bright Wall Vintage King ThermosBright Wall Vintage American Tourister SuitcaseBright Wall Vintage SX-70 Polaroid Camera
Bright Wall Vintage Red Enamel SaucepanBright Wall Vintage Renauld Tortoiseshell GlassesBright Wall Vintage Green Enamel Fondue Pot
Bright Wall Vintage Smith-Corona Galaxie Twelve TypewriterBright Wall Vintage Southwestern Wool BlanketBright Wall Vintage Children's Book Trio

Chilly nights, cozy blankets, steaming mugs of cocoa…
It’s Autumn on Lo’s List!

The air’s turning brisk, the leaves are changing, school is back in session… it must be autumn! I’m already missing those long, lazy days of summer, but there’s something so delicious about the season of cozy wool sweaters and steaming mugs of tea. The onset of chilly nights calls for a bit of warmth around the house, and these fabulous finds over at Bright Wall Vintage are just the ticket for creating that autumnal charm.


1. Mug Trio:One of my favorite cold-weather treats is a cup of hot cocoa — especially the ultra-luxurious dark hot chocolate from Burdick. Sip that chocolatey indulgence in these cheery floral mugs.


2. King Thermos: Always on the go? Take your cocoa with you in this air pot Thermos from King. Hold enough cocoa for you and your friends whether you’re romping through the woods or swimming in a sea of cubicles.


3. American Tourister Suitcase: Go away for the weekend in style with this covetable American Tourister suitcase. It’s just the right size for a couple days of drinking in gorgeous fall foliage, or a getaway to wine country to celebrate the harvest.


4. SX-70 Alpha 1 Polaroid Camera: Capture the beauty of autumn leaves with a classic collectible like this SX-70 Alpha 1. Instagram may be the way of the future, but nothing is as magical as seeing a Polaroid snapshot develop before your eyes.


5. Enamel Sauce Pan: Nothing says welcome home like a pot of something delicious simmering away on the stove. Let this sweet saucepan fill your kitchen with the scent of spiced cider or mulled wine.


6. Fondue Pot: Speaking of kitchens, I’m a sucker for cold-weather comfort foods. Whether you think it’s classic or hopelessly retro, hot melty cheese never fails to delight. This darling avocado-green pot is its own excuse for a fondue party. And don’t forget the forks!


7. Renauld Eye Glasses: Ease your strained eyes with these fabulous vintage frames. Back-to-school chic never looked so good!


8. Smith-Corona Galaxie Twelve Typewriter: There’s something writerly about autumn, isn’t there? When inclement weather keeps you indoors, unleash your inner Hemingway with a wordsmith’s classic tool. With a pop of sky blue, this Smith-Corona Galaxie Twelve is the perfect addition to our growing typewriter collection…


9. Southwestern Wool Blanket: As temperatures drop, snuggle up with a luxuriant flannel blanket. Don’t you feel cozy just looking at it?


10. Vintage Children’s Books: What better way to spend an autumn day than curled up with a good book?  This picturesque set of vintage hardbacks is perfect for sharing with the young ones in your family — or the young at heart!

Fashion Scout » Power Up with Lulu Frost!

October 10, 2012

Lulu Frost Power Collection
Lulu Frost Demeter Collage Necklace from the Power CollectionLulu Frost Artemis Gold Necklace from the Power Collection
Lulu Frost Demeter Collage Necklace and Artemis Gold Necklace from the Power Collection

A bold, breathtaking ode to goddesses
and ferocious female empowerment.

Lulu Frost has the power! Enough to collaborate with J.Crew four times, to turn up regularly on fashion’s favorite street style subjects, and most of all, to make Lo’s List weak in the knees. The jewelry brand was founded in New York City in 2004 by designer Lisa Salzer, and her most recent Power Collection is a bold, breathtaking ode to goddesses and ferocious female empowerment.

As such, the mix of crystal stones, glass beads and mother-of-pearl are set on ornate brass castings and chunky chains. Dramatic collar necklaces bring to mind Cleopatra, though, really, the designs would befit any glamorous ruler of the past. What makes them wearable today, though, is Salzer’s signature ability to imbue vintage jewelry elements with directional details. It’s in the blood, after all: her grandmother ran an estate jewelry business, and the pursuit of rare finds and finishing touches has influenced the Lulu Frost modus operandi.

We’re particularly taken with the Siren baubles – black resin balls with crystal inlay – and their art deco touch. The Antigone Tassel necklace is well ahead of its time (it was all about tassels on the S/S 2013 runways), and the Calypso Necklace is surely the Power collection’s pièce de résistance: a magnificent design weaving crystal stones, black velvet and mother-of-pearl among hand-painted and etched resin, all hanging from an alloy and brass chain. Considering that First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Lulu Frost necklace last week at a campaign event in Cincinnati, Ohio, we’re pretty sure the brand knows a thing or two about decorating women of power.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Fashygram

September 12, 2012

@psimadethis reveling in the classic style that is Oscar de la Renta
@songofstyle shows off her killer styleA quiet, in-between moment for @manrepeller from a week of weather extremes@mbfashionweek celebrates the details in craftsmanship at the Concept Korea show
@refinery29 goes in for a lacey closeup at the Catherine Malandrino presentation@glamourmag captures the paint palettes of the makeup team at Proenza Schouler@bof at the Ostwald Helgason presentation
@eholmeswsj loves Marimekko too!@mbfashionweek savors the edgy, androgynous pinks in this Clover Canyon ensemblefor @bof the front row at Lacoste just might steal the show
1. @psimadethis reveling in the classic style that is Oscar de la Renta
2. @songofstyle shows off her killer street style
3. A quiet, in-between moment for @manrepeller from a week of weather extremes
4. @mbfashionweek celebrates the details in craftsmanship at the Concept Korea show
5. @refinery29 goes in for a cutout closeup at the Catherine Malandrino presentation
6. @glamourmag captures the paint palettes of the makeup team at Proenza Schouler
7. @bof at the Ostwald Helgason presentation
8. @eholmeswsj loves Marimekko too!
9. @mbfashionweek savors the edgy, androgynous pinks in this Clover Canyon ensemble
10. for @bof the front row at Lacoste just might steal the show

I must say, it was hard to stomach day after day of unworthy, too-blurry-to-discern-a-thing Instagrams of fashion week’s runway moments. For an industry brimming with editors, where had all the editing gone? The need for a hash tag along the lines of #holdstill or #frontrowcantfocus needed to be released upon these despicable shots. Photo faux pas!

Yet, scattered throughout this NYFW refuse were some gems: true photojournalistic moments that painted a picture of the whirlwind week. I’ve gathered up my top ten to share here. #decisivemoment

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Alex Wang and His Gang

September 11, 2012


As if my Rocco duffle isn’t reason enough to love Alexander Wang (it is). Now he sits the snarky duo – Yo-Landi Vi$$er and Watkin Tudor Jones aka Ninja – that are Die Antwoord front row and center at his SS 2013 show and has them headline his after party. True, they are quite the poster children for Wang’s reptilian bondage SS 2013 presentation and have previously collaborated with Wang on a video promoting the designer’s Spring 2012 T campaign. Happy to see that Wang wasn’t just riding the Zef wave.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Earbuds for the Fashy Types

September 8, 2012

Kate Spade Signature Spade Earbuds


We can’t wait to get our hands on the SS 2013 Post Street Little Nadine satchel we spotted at Kate Spade’s NYFW presentation. But, in the meantime, we’ve got our eyes square on these anything-but-ordinary Signature Spade Earbuds to replace yet another shitty pair of Apple iPhone buds tossed to the trash over our vacay. Now, where is that new Flying Lotus track that I can’t stop listening to…

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Marimekko Store Visit

September 8, 2012

Marimekko x Converse CT HI Papajo Sneaker

Puffy navy blue jackets with warm yellow polka-dots, oversized sweaters with grey and green stripes, and those chucks. I must have those Chucks!

Thursday, as preparations for Fashion’s Night Out were underway, I had the rare opportunity (sleeping baby!) to do a little window shopping in the city; more specifically, at Marimekko’s 5th Avenue flagship store. My love for the brand runs deep and far back, to these quintessential Pikku Bo Boo children’s sheets that I’m sure many of us had. Then there was my 1967 Marimekko prom dress (more on that here) which I will be pulling out of the closet for Marimekko’s very first New York Fashion Week show on Monday… Now, looking around the house, I need more than the digits I have to count the Marimekko that has found its way into my life. It’s a good fit: the Finnish brand is an explosion of glowing colors and painterly textiles, channeled into clothing (and beyond) that need not follow seasonal trends of color ways and cuts. Each fresh collection has me counting my pennies and coming back for more: something that I cannot say for many other labels making their way into my closet.

Back to the windowshopping: nearly impossible for me to concentrate, everything in the store was catching my eye. It all started with the perfect puffy Origo jacket slowly circling overhead: dark blue with warm yellow polka-dots. Perched nearby on a log were another killer pair of Chucks from the Converse ❤’s Marimekko collaboration (seen above). Further in the store, past the floor-to-ceiling library of Marimekko fabric bolts, I drooled over a wall of striped shirts, leggings, and socks: Even our closets look alike! Nearby, the children’s section was whispering: “buy us Lo! Henri needs a bright red backpack covered in pencils.” Realizing I was in too deep, I scurried back around the other wall of the store toward YZ waiting patiently with Pip by the exit. But not so fast as to miss the wonderful, oversized grey- and zephyr green-striped Ympäripyöreä sweater waiting patiently for me to welcome it into my home. Marimekko. Lo ❤’s you. See you on Monday!

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Mandula

September 6, 2012

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MandulaMandula

A little bit Middle Ages, a little bit Gypsy,
and perfectly urban.

It’s a moody, coastal day in New York, and with the end-of-summer cooler weather creeping in just in time for New York Fashion Week, we all have the chance to really switch up our wardrobes and surprise the fashion lenses out on the streets! I’m more than ready to leave behind the days of glaring colors and to plunge into a fall of deep and moody hues, punctuated by – at most – a dash of zephyr green here and there (YZ, are you listening? Zephyr Green).

Mandula, the six-year-strong fashion label of Hungarian-born Hajnalka Mandula is full of just the right rich and layer-ready garments for your shift out of summer. Hajnalka’s style is an unorthodox mix of vintage, upcycled materials and craftsman-level dyeing and construction techniques. Her attention to detail and the quality of her fabrics shine through each piece, making each of these garments more than just an addition to your overflowing closet. Dip-dyed tanks, rumpled oxfords fraying at the hem, utilitarian bucket bags, and billowing hemp pants: Mandula feels a little bit Middle Ages, a little bit Gypsy, and perfectly urban.

Our favorites include a pair of cashmere hot pants (yes, Lo would wear those), hemp drop crotch pants with a vintage leather strap, and a stunning metallic linen cap-sleeved dress.

Special Feature: Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week

September 5, 2012

Fashion Week Special Feature: Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week

For the next two weeks, Lo’s List will be chock-full of Fashion Week coverage of our tent favorites and reviews of brands that are just killing it on the regular.

After a three-month stint abroad (London, Lo ❤’s you!) it is great to be back home in the concrete jungle of NYC. And what better time to be in buzzy New York than Fall and Fashion Week?! Yes, yes, many of you industry regulars despise this time of year – but as a bit of an outsider (or just a late-comer), I revel in it all: the défilés, the newbies, the street style… So, of course we’re doing a feature!

For the next two weeks, Lo’s List will be chock-full of Fashion Week coverage of our favorites (Marimekko, Osklen, General Idea, Lela Rose, Mathieu Mirano, etc…) and reviews of brands that are just killing it on the regular and that you should all know about. We hope you enjoy all the hullabaloo as much as we do! You might even catch a glimpse of Lo at the tents interviewing one of our favorite writers (and frequent contributor to Lo’s List) Rebecca Prus, as she sets us straight about what to wear and what she wouldn’t be caught dead in. Let the circus begin!

Go for the Gold » Gold, Silver, and Bronze from Anna Sheffield

July 27, 2012

Anna Sheffield 14kt Gold Tiny Rivet RingAnna Sheffield 14kt White Gold Tiny Rivet RingAnna Sheffield 14kt Rose Gold Tiny Rivet Ring
from left: Tiny Rivet ring in 14kt gold, 14kt white gold, and 14kt rose gold

I have been downright pining for these Tiny Rivet stacking rings from Anna Sheffield for quite some time and now, with all things gold staring me in the face, the temptation is painful. YZ, can’t our anniversary come early this year? I’ve particularly had my eye on the bronze, erm, rose gold version of the design: simple, modern, and delicately pink. A perfect fit stacked with my wedding ring. Head over to Sheffield’s main site and the bridal collection for gobs of exquisite jewels for the special person in your life ( or just for you!) While you’re poking around, be sure to take a tour of the designer’s lovely blog!

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